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Plastic Vs Rubber Tires

StormsworderStormsworder Member Posts: 107
edited May 2012 in Everything else LEGO
Do you prefer plastic or rubber wheels on Lego sets? I'm not sure when plastic wheels first started being used. My first experience of them was on a Space Police set in 1989. Up until then the wheels had always been plastic with rubber tyres. The problem with all-plastic wheels I find is that they can't grip smooth surfaces (like the tops of tables or cupboards or lino floors) and tend to 'glide' along as though skating on ice.


  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,186
    I prefer rubber. Makes cars grip better.
  • vwong19vwong19 Member Posts: 1,191
    Rubber. Provides good grip and bounce to any vehicle.
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    Rubber tires. Looks more realistic.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,755
    edited May 2012
    Rubber tires are nicer and more authentic BUT They are seem to melt and try to fuse to plastic parts under a warm temp or other factors. I have seen my share of tire tread impressions in baseplates and some LEGO parts to see this first hand.
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